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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois


Americans owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s bravest individuals – those who have served and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty. As a country, we must remember the sacrifices of our veterans who have bravely served our nation, as well as their families, and I remain committed to providing the best care possible for them.

As a veteran, I am honored to serve our heroes as chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. My responsibilities  as chairman include management of our national cemeteries, reforming the claim appeals process, and reviewing the quality and training methods of the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Congress can’t lose sight of the promises made to our troops, our veterans, and their families. Our service members must be provided with the tools necessary to complete their mission and return safely as quickly as possible. Further, we must work to ensure that our veterans receive the care and services to which they are entitled in a timely, convenient and efficient manner. 

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More on Veterans

February 7, 2018 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (IL-12) introduced the bipartisan Veterans’ Compensation COLA Act of 2018 to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.
January 30, 2018 Press Release
U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday evening:
January 24, 2018 Press Release
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) and Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) called on U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to make changes in the Human Resources department at the Marion VA Medical Center.
January 10, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to discuss efforts to transition military veterans into the agricultural workforce. Bost, a member of both the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the House Committee on Agriculture, was accompanied by a bipartisan group for the Capitol Hill meeting.
November 9, 2017 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Bost (R-IL) and Al Lawson (D-FL) introduced bipartisan legislation to make more United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) apprenticeships available to veterans. The Veterans’ Agricultural Apprenticeship Act instructs the USDA to work with state departments of agriculture to identify farmers and ranchers eligible for a direct loan to train apprentice veterans. The loan would, in turn, be paid back to the USDA after the harvest season.
October 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) Chairman Mike Bost (R-IL) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of legislation he authored to provide a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to veterans.
September 26, 2017 Press Release
In response today to U.S. Representative Mike Bost’s July 28th inquiry into allegations of mismanagement at the Marion VA Medical Center, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs gave little indication that it had serious concerns regarding the current leadership or its management of the facility.
August 23, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump has signed legislation, sponsored by Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, designed to streamline appeals to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the White House said Wednesday.

House Bill 2288 is entitled "The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017," and is part of a Republican-Trump administration multi-pronged attempt to make veterans' experiences with the VA more responsive and streamlined.

August 23, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, announced his legislation to reform the appeals process at the Department of Veterans Affairs was signed into law today by President Trump. Bost introduced the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2288) in May and the final version of the bill was passed unanimously by the Senate and House earlier this month.
August 11, 2017 In The News

The House during a pro forma session Friday cleared a bipartisan bill aimed at paring down a massive backlog of appeals for veterans’ disability benefits.

Passage of the measure brings to three the number of major veterans’ bills that now await President Donald Trump’s signature. In addition to the appeals bill, Congress before leaving for the August recess cleared a $2.1 billion funding patch for a private medical care access program, and the “Forever GI Bill,” which extends education benefits to future veterans for an entire lifetime instead of the current 15-year window.